Horiba Mira has invested £1.5 million in a new Large Climatic Vibration Laboratory and Battery Abuse Facility in response to” soaring demand” from the UK automotive industry for advanced battery safety testing.
Roadlink International has successfully demonstrated the performance of its brake pads after putting the product through extensive tests against an original equipment (OE) brand. IDIADA Automotive Technology UK carried out the independent research comparing the stopping power and pad wear of a recognised OE pad against the Roadlink RF4001 brake pad.
Milton Keynes has become the first town in the UK to conduct trials involving carrying passengers while the cars operate entirely without human control. Transport Systems Catapult, which is behind the tests, says the primary aim is to make vehicles safer.
Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation has published test results that show Ferodo Eco-Friction low and zero copper brake pads provide greater stopping power compared to competitors’ traditional, copper-based materials. The test was carried out by UK independent proving ground and research consultancy, MIRA. From 100kph, Eco-Friction brake pads are shown to improve the braking performance of a Mk6 Volkswagen Golf, Europe’s bestselling car, by 10 per cent, with similar equivocal results displayed across the passenger and light commercial vehicle sectors.
Brake, the road safety charity, is calling on the government to introduce compulsory regular eyesight testing for drivers, as a survey with Specsavers and RSA Insurance Group shows strong public support. Almost nine in 10 (87 per cent) are in favour of drivers having to prove they have had a recent sight test every 10 years, when they renew their licence or photo card. Research indicates this change in the law would significantly reduce the estimated 2,900 casualties caused by poor driver vision each year.